We are delighted to announce that Turner Sims has been awarded £30,000 from Arts Council England’s Catalyst Small Grants Programme.
The funding will enable us to launch a series of campaigns, to raise funds towards the organisation’s capital plans and delivery of music learning and engagement programmes for the community. A series of creative projects involving artists, bespoke fundraising training for staff and the development of a new Fundrasing Strategy are also part of the plan to attract investment from new funders, donors and businesses.
Kevin Appleby, Concert Hall Manager, said of the award: I am hugely grateful to Arts Council England for supporting Turner Sims in this way. The investment will strengthen our fundraising approach, in partnership with the wider University, and give us a range of exciting new resources to tell the story about the organisation’s achievements and our ambitions for the future.
Southampton University’s Associate Director, Arts & Culture Louise Coysh, commented: The Catalyst funding will enable the organisation to take a more proactive approach to fundraising and build its fundraising capacity as part of a wider University-offering. Turner Sims is one of the excellent offers at the University within its wide ranging arts portfolio which reaches and engages with staff, students and the community.
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: We are delighted to be supporting Turner Sims through our National Lottery funded Catalyst Small Grants Programme to build their fundraising capacity and attract more private giving. The Catalyst Small Grants fund is one of the measures we put in place to help create a more sustainable and resilient arts and culture sector. This grant is one of more than one hundred we are making across England and we look forwared to seeing the impact this will have on Turner Sims and more widely across the country.